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Old 09-18-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Why I No Longer Have an Airsteam "Trailer"......

....scared ya, didn't I?

Well, the trailer is still sitting in my driveway like it has been since February. I think it's the only almost-new Airstream that hasn't gone anywhere. My antipated shake-down cruise for September never got off the ground due to work and other things going on.

So, I no longer think of it as an Airstream "trailer." It's an Airstream "bedroom" and "office." Dammit all!....I'm going to get my money's worth one way or another, so sleep in it and do some of my work there.

I gave it it's first wash the other day, and now I wish I hadn't. Darn - that clearcoat is delicate. I tried to wash it with the grain with a fleece mitt. I wonder if there were tiny bits of grit in the mitt because in the harsh sunlight, I can see some tiny swirls. I hope a Walbernize Super-Shield treatment will pull them out. I can't see the scratches when it's cloudy or dull out like today. Again, only in the bright sun at a certain angle. Has anyone else noticed this with their Airstream? Did Walbernizing help?

Aside from that, am still having fun gussying up the interior. I found these letters at the Dollar Store. I think it looks kinda neat. Since we all name our trailers, why not display the name somewhere?



I hope to get away in October. Fall camping can be nice here. The days require a warm sweater, but I love that golden autumn sun with the crisp nights. No bugs. No crowded campgrounds. No need to turn on th air conditioner or furnace as long as you have lots of cozy bedding. No ice and snow (yet).

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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i have you beat. i bought my trailer in May and it is patiently waiting for the first trip. i'll make up for it by being with it all winter in florida :-)
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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Are You Joking or What!

Are you crazy or so rich you have money to burn. A new Airstream just sitting in the the driveway. Loosing hundreds of dollars every day just sitting there. Or maybe this is just a joke. If this is for real. I feel so sad for you. I was same way many years ago. I sold advertising for 12 years and never took a day off. Now I work for myself. I may not make as much money as I did but I am so much happier now. I go Airstreaming when ever I want. I often think about the orig. owner of my AS. He bought it new in 66 and only used it once a year for the 1st ten years. After that it was parked and not used for 33 years. Guess what he died and his family sold it. Lucky for me I got a near mint vintage AS. For a 8th of what your new one cost. I have spent more nites in it the 1st year I've owned it, then the orig owner ever did. I say sell it now and buy a vintage AS. Try flying when the sun is out and sleeping at night. That's what I do!

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:33 PM   #4
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When you wash or wax your Airstream don't go in circles wash front to rear with the grain of the aluminum and you won't see the marks.

Now just hook up and go somewhere, best leave the phone at home.

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:34 PM   #5
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Now, if you just had a trailer hitch on the Cessna, you could use both at once.
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Are you crazy or so rich you have money to burn. A new Airstream just sitting in the the driveway. Loosing hundreds of dollars every day just sitting there. Or maybe this is just a joke. If this is for real. I feel so sad for you. I was same way many years ago. I sold advertising for 12 years and never took a day off. Now I work for myself. I may not make as much money as I did but I am so much happier now. I go Airstreaming when ever I want. I often think about the orig. owner of my AS. He bought it new in 66 and only used it once a year for the 1st ten years. After that it was parked and not used for 33 years. Guess what he died and his family sold it. Lucky for me I got a near mint vintage AS. For a 8th of what your new one cost. I have spent more nites in it the 1st year I've owned it, then the orig owner ever did. I say sell it now and buy a vintage AS. Try flying when the sun is out and sleeping at night. That's what I do!

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:56 PM   #6
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Are you crazy or so rich you have money to burn. A new Airstream just sitting in the the driveway. Loosing hundreds of dollars every day just sitting there. Or maybe this is just a joke. If this is for real. I feel so sad for you. I was same way many years ago. I sold advertising for 12 years and never took a day off. Now I work for myself. I may not make as much money as I did but I am so much happier now. I go Airstreaming when ever I want. I often think about the orig. owner of my AS. He bought it new in 66 and only used it once a year for the 1st ten years. After that it was parked and not used for 33 years. Guess what he died and his family sold it. Lucky for me I got a near mint vintage AS. For a 8th of what your new one cost. I have spent more nites in it the 1st year I've owned it, then the orig owner ever did. I say sell it now and buy a vintage AS. Try flying when the sun is out and sleeping at night. That's what I do!

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Well, the Airstream was still cheaper than adding an extra bedroom and office to the house.

BTW, I'm involved in aviation and sure know what that costs!!! And that's one reason why I can't get away.
Am organizing an event for.....what else.....a bunch of crazy aviators who fly vintage Harvards amongst other aircraft. Airplanes that burn hundreds of dollars worth of fuel/hour.

Cripes.....my Airstream is a drop in the bucket compared to that.

I bought my AS as a possible retirement home, so am thinking long-term. Am enjoying the driveway camping too. To each his own, right?
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:10 PM   #7
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i have you beat. i bought my trailer in May and it is patiently waiting for the first trip. i'll make up for it by being with it all winter in florida :-)
Glad I'm not the only one.

As they say, some things are worth waiting for.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:26 PM   #8
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no, i'm not that rich. i have waited a long time for a move to a house. i had a choice of the trailer or the house and the trailer won and it can be both :-)

i see it as a long term commitment and i'll be able to follow the best seasons and locations. i agree with what many have written, that i think i'd regret not doing it more than doing it. things just fell into place and i felt good about doing it.

i'm a square peg in a round hole. what can i say? lol now if finding the right woman was as easy ;-)
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #9
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richinny, I'm not stinkin' rich, but I was worrying more about my money than enjoying it. I have never been a spendthrift, have invested carefully -
found aceflys "lecture" to be quite amusing because I really do not warrant such a rant.

Like you, am thinking of my AS as more of a "home" than a fanciful travel trailer.
I considered buying used, but used 'streams are hard to come by here. So, went fo the new one which the dealer had discounted greatly because it was a 2010, and I purchased it in Feb. 2011. I liked the fact that no one had slept in the bed....or used anything else. It really is "mine" now.

I agree with what you wrote - if I didn't buy it then, I'd regret it now. I love sleeping in my little cocoon. A good night's sleep is priceless, IMO. I like the feeling of having an "escape" mobile in my driveway (and someday I will escape).

Anyway, sounds like you have a great escapemobile too. A 34' Classic - wow! Have you posted pictures?

I hope you have a great winter in Florida.....with the warm sand between your toes....and.......
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:07 PM   #11
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Well, the Airstream was still cheaper than adding an extra bedroom and office to the house.

BTW, I'm involved in aviation and sure know what that costs!!! And that's one reason why I can't get away.
Am organizing an event for.....what else.....a bunch of crazy aviators who fly vintage Harvards amongst other aircraft. Airplanes that burn hundreds of dollars worth of fuel/hour.

Cripes.....my Airstream is a drop in the bucket compared to that.

I bought my AS as a possible retirement home, so am thinking long-term. Am enjoying the driveway camping too. To each his own, right?
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You are 100% right about aviation. I tell people that all the time. Flying is no longer a hobby. I was let go a few years ago from a great job flying a King Air for a company. They sold the plane and didn't tell me for a month. I knew when the plane was gone. I'm very lucky I get paid ever time I turn my prop. I've been a aerial photographer for over 20 years now. Things have been slow for me since the economy has slowed. So I'm not out flying for that $100 hamburger anymore. My plane is paid for and I paid cash for my Airstream. I almost bought a new AS in 2008. I'm so glad now I didn't. I would of lost it if I was making payments. I am very blessed(or may be smart) I live within means. I have never had a car payment and I don't use credit cards. Please don't take this as preaching. Take it as a lesson on how to live. I sleep very good at nite not worrying about who I owe.

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #12
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Heat has curtailed camping for us in Texas this summer, but hopefully we will be back on the road soon.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:37 PM   #13
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My dear husband figured out a way to take our Vintage SteSpot out for 3 months going across the country speaking to bar associations. At first I was not thrilled because it was a work/sightsee trip and it was not my idea of traveling about in the trailer. It included the midwest in July and since I grew up there I knew it would not be pretty. I was correct. 108 degrees in Oklahoma City was not fun. But after I had my tantrum and whined a bit, I got into the trip and parts of it were wonderful. Our Airstream was the perfect way to travel. Having our own beds at night was awesome. We even worked in a grandchildren fix in Michigan. I was beginning to feel that the AS was our home. It is good to be home now but I would do it again.....just not the midwest in July. And it was so much cushier than Lewis and Clark had it, I felt like a brat complaining. They went where they didn't even know where they were going without air conditioning to boot. paula
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:39 PM   #14
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i guess we all have airstream homes :-)

i've done the winter thing for 5 years now. while most of my miami neighbors are older than i am, most of them are closer to me in activity and values than the ny neighbors. the larger trailers do offer more room to separate activities like in a home. the smaller trailers offer much more in mobility. that's why there are so many models.

it is interesting how many people use their trailers as a home away from home, even when they're parked right outside their home. i find i'm learning just how simple life can be.
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